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Seoul – A deputy from the ruling party accused of fraud and misappropriation of money for victims of sexual slavery

South Korea’s public prosecutor charged Yoon Mi-hyang, deputy to the ruling party, with fraud and embezzlement of funds intended for elderly victims of sexual slavery.

Representative Yoon of the Democratic Party was accused of accepting more than 360 million won (304,000 dollars) in government support funds for women who were forced to work in so-called “pleasure houses” on the front lines of Japanese forces during World War II.

Prosecutors charged Lyon 8 counts of fraud, embezzlement, and spending 100 million won in donations and public funds for personal use.

Yoon won a parliamentary seat in the general elections held on April 15th, after she headed a civic group specializing in supporting “comfort women”, for a period of 3 decades.

Yoon expressed regret over the indictment, and denied all charges, saying, “The money collected was not used personally.”

She added, “Today’s announcement cannot destroy 30 years of the movement’s history to solve the problem of comfort women, and I will prove my innocence at trial.”

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